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first_imgIt was the first title for LSGH since joining the league in 1998.Coach Marvin Bienvenida dedicated the victory to the long list of players and coaches who were involved in the program from the start.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“We joined the NCAA in 1998 and for all the players who played since 1998 until today, this is for them,” Bienvenida said, after his wards unseated the Cardinals.Cagulangan, the 5-foot-9 playmaker, once again made the biggest impact by nailing two free throws with under a minute left to put the Junior Blazers ahead to stay. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Joshua David and Joel Cagulangan sparkled down the stretch as College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills stunned top seed and defending champion Mapua, 75-74, to capture its first NCAA juniors basketball crown on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.David finished with 27 points, while Cagulangan dished out an all-around game of 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Junior Blazers completed a stunning climb to the top, after nearly missing out on the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LATEST STORIES The performance capped an impressive three weeks for Cagulangan, who almost singlehandedly carried LSGH to wins against San Beda in the semifinals and against Mapua in the finals opener.The Junior Blazers dropped five of their last six games in the elimination round, before bundling out San Sebastian College-Recoletos in a playoff for the No. 4 seed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Reyes lauds Gilas composure vs ‘skilled, talented’ Japanese Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

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first_img1 Nathaniel Chalobah Nathaniel Chalobah netted his first goal for Napoli in the Europa League on Thursday. The young Chelsea start joined the Serie A club on a season-long loan deal in September and he was making just his third appearance – all of which have come in Europe.It was a great finish by the 20-year-old, who has previously had loan spells in the Championship with Reading, Burnley, Middlesbrough, Watford and Nottingham Forest. See below!last_img

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first_imgA woman had to jump out of the way of a speeding car after it was stolen from outside a shop as its owner paid for groceries.The terrifying incident happened outside Georgie Sweeney’s garage on the Ramelton Road in Letterkenny on Friday.One thief, who had been watching the woman, jumped into the red Citreon Saxo car just seconds after she got out of it. An eagle-eyed local motorist tried to block in the car thief but he was forced to pull out of the way as the car thief tried to ram him.Another woman had to jump out of the way of the stolen car as the driver picked up an accomplice across the forecourt.The two thieves made their getaway in the Northern Ireland registered car in the direction of the Ballyraine roundabout.Gardai are now viewing CCTV footage of the incident. Donegal Daily understands the culprits are local men.One eye-witness said the thieves showed no regard for the safety of shoppers or pedestrians.“They really could have injured or killed someone the way they were driving.“They just didn’t care. It was lucky there was no children in the area or there could have been mayhem,” said the man. WOMAN CHEATS SERIOUS INJURY DURING CAR ROBBERY AT GARAGE was last modified: August 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:car thiefGeorgie Sweeneyletterkennyramminglast_img read more

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first_imgIndependent Cllr Frank McBrearty Jnr has revealed his reasons for not attending HSE meetings for the past year and a half.Cllr Frank McBreartyThe former Labour councillor says he cannot justify claiming up to €350 each time he attends a meeting.Cllr McBrearty says he will not travel to Galway and as far as Limerick for meetings when he feels he can have the same input on a local level. Here, in his own words, Cllr McBrearty explains why he has failed to claim up to what he estimates in up to €7,000 in expenses within the past 18 months.“In the run up to the last general election both government parties promised, if and when in power, to reduce the number of quangos in existence, describing them as being both wasteful and inefficient.“So far, under our current government, only 45 of these bodies have been abolished or are due to be culled. However, remaining true to typical Fine Gael/Labour hypocrisy, the incumbent administration has created a further 33 quangos – no doubt in an effort to facilitate more jobs for the boys as well as to maintain their hefty and exorbitant expenses. “When elected in 2009 to Donegal County Council, I was appointed to the HSE Western Forum along with four other Councillors to represent the people of Donegal. The meetings are held roughly ten times per year, taking place mainly in Galway but also, on occasion, in either Manorhamilton or Limerick.“There are 41 Councillors who travel from all over the country to attend these meetings, and every one of these Councillors receives expenses for doing so. I recall, on one occasion, going to a meeting in Limerick only to be told – once there – that the event’s key speakers were unable to attend in person and instead, we had to make do with a conference call from each of them.“On that day, I was truly disillusioned; the individuals on the end of that conference call were sitting at a desk in Letterkenny General Hospital, while I had just travelled 345 kilometres (not to mention having still to travel the same distance to return home) to listen to each of them, when I could have driven 20 kilometres to Letterkenny hospital and done the same thing!“Today, I am still on the HSE Western Forum, however, for over a year and half now I have refused to attend meetings, and during this time, I have not collected expenses. I cannot justify collecting on average €350 each time I attend one of these meetings and, by not doing so, I have lost out on around €7,000.“This is money, which I believe, could be better spent on our health service which, at present, is both under-staffed and under-resourced.“The saddest thing about all of this is that this is happening in every county right across Ireland today. “By making my representations by phone and by email, I have continued to represent the people of Donegal. I feel that I can do the same job without claiming extortionate expenses. While I do believe that these meetings can be informative on some occasions, it is my belief that there needs to be a better system put in place which can facilitate these meetings while, at the same time, make them much more cost effective.“There is no reason why members cannot get answers to their questions by attending meetings in Letterkenny General Hospital and – should the need arise – via conference calls with officials from outside the county.“Ultimately however, quangos must be brought to an end in this country, full stop. We all know what happened in the dying days of the previous Fianna Fáil/Green Party led government, when quango appointments were handed out to party members like sweets in a candy store.“What has changed from the previous government? NOTHING!!!”  I HAVE GIVEN UP €7,000 IN EXPENSES BY NOT ATTENDING HSE MEETINGS – McBREARTY was last modified: April 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cllr Frank McBreartydonegalexpensesHSEquangoslast_img read more

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first_imgToumani Diagouraga is on his way out of Brentford, while QPR have completed the signing of goalkeeper Matt Ingram from Wycombe.West London Sport revealed on Friday that Rangers had tabled a bid for Ingram, 22, and later revealed that the offer had been accepted and he was set to move to Loftus Road.The highly-rated Ingram, who moves for an undisclosed fee, has duly signed a four-and-a-half-year contract.The club also plan to offer Italian defender Marco Motta a contract until the end of the season following his trial.But Rangers face missing out on Patrick Bamford – they made an enquiry but have been told the Chelsea forward is likely to join a Premier League team.QPR v Wolves: five key battlesBamford has been tipped to join Norwich CityMeanwhile, Chelsea’s youngsters thrashed Manchester United 5-1 in the FA Youth Cup on Friday evening to take their place in the fifth round.Fulham’s Under-21 side were also in action, losing 3-1 against West Ham at Motspur Park.Branislav Ivanovic’s new one-year deal has been confirmed by Chelsea, while Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are both available for Sunday’s derby at Arsenal despite recent injury problems.Blues boss Guus Hiddink spoke at his news conference today ahead of this weekend’s game – click here for a rundown of what he had to say.Arsenal v Chelsea: six key battlesBrentford have signed Norwich City youngster Nathan Fox on an 18-month contract and have accepted an offer from Leeds United for Diagouraga.Midfielder Diagouaraga’s imminent move to Elland Road has been greeted with a mixed reaction from Leeds fans on Twitter.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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first_imgSecular scientists are free to disbelieve in the Virgin Birth, but should at least try to understand what they are denying.Current Biology published a blooper. In a Dispatch on the subject of Parthenogenesis (asexual reproduction by unfertilized eggs), Casper J. van der Kooi and Tanja Schwander from the University of Lausanne did fine discussing fish, moths and reptiles. But they really should have stayed out of theology and Biblical interpretation. Here’s the opening:The phenomenon of virgin birth has long fascinated scientists and laymen alike. The first account of parthenogenesis in the literature is the prophecy of Jesus Christ’s birth in Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel”. This reference to parthenogenesis is unusual in two ways: first, it is the only account of ‘natural parthenogenesis’ in a mammal. Mammals are believed to be completely unable to reproduce via parthenogenesis because of a number of developmental and genetic constraints. Second, while the “Blessed Virgin Mary” might have been able to conceive a daughter via parthenogenesis, the conception of a son is highly unlikely. As male sex in humans is determined by genes on the Y chromosome, Mary, as a woman, could not have transmitted any Y chromosomes to her offspring.This is a set-up for a put-down. van der Kooi and Schwander clearly misrepresent the nature of Christ’s birth. Luke 1:31-35 states clearly that Mary’s human egg was miraculously completed by God the Holy Spirit:He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”  And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.“This is important for Jesus Christ to be known as the God-man—fully God yet fully man. Parthenogenesis, involving an incomplete complement of DNA, would deny Christ’s sonship from the Father. Clearly this was a one-time, unique miracle, but why should that be surprising? If God invented sex, He surely knows how to create the appropriate DNA for His redemptive purposes.  And Luke, a doctor and careful researcher, certainly knew the miraculous nature of virgin birth for a human being.Luke went out of his way to describe how unique and special Mary’s child would be, probably having gotten his account from Mary herself. Otherwise, why wouldn’t he simply say Jesus was the son of Joseph and Mary? He was aware of the rumors of those who couldn’t accept His supernatural birth (including Pharisees who slandered Him as being illegitimate), so in his genealogy, Luke wrote, “Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph….” (Luke 3:23). Legally, Jesus was a son in Joseph’s household, but Luke had explained in detail what had happened with the angel’s visit.So it wasn’t parthenogenesis. This mistake undermines their whole argument. But then, the biologists make another mistake at the end of their article:So, could accidental parthenogenesis in humans ever give rise to a new parthenogenetic lineage? Probably not, as the developmental and genetic constraints in humans and other mammals would most likely prevent the emergence of adaptive parthenogenesis in natural populations. As it turns out, even the most famous speculation about parthenogenesis, Jesus Christ’s birth, owes its existence not to a miracle but to a human error during the translation of Isaiah 7:14 from Hebrew to Greek: The Hebrew word almah can refer to a young woman of marriageable age, whether married or not. The ‘young woman’ became a ‘virgin’ in the gospel according to Matthew, where almah was translated as the Greek parthenos.Here, van der Kooi and Schwander err in their Biblical interpretation. For one, just because almah “can” refer to a woman of marriageable age, it doesn’t mean it does; the context has to be understood. Even if Isaiah’s prophecy had a short-term fulfillment before its ultimate fulfillment, the prophesy of a married woman having a baby would hardly be a “sign”—that happens every day. Even naming it “Immanuel” would not be surprising. A sign had to point to something special and unique. Second, they ignore the Luke passages quoted above. Third, they ignore other passages that refer to Christ’s unique sonship, such as Galatians 4:4-5:But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.Throughout the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as the Son of God as well as Son of Man. As the God-man, Jesus was uniquely in a position to be the great High Priest of salvation by offering Himself as the sacrifice for sin. If He was a product of parthenogenesis, or a normal son of human parents, He would not be able to fulfill that role. Only because Jesus was God incarnate was He able to suffer for the sins of all humanity. This is why the Virgin Birth is central to Christianity, and why Isaiah, Matthew and Luke make it explicit, and many other Bible verses make it implicit.If secular biologists demand theologians stay out of science, then they should keep their materialist hands out of theology and exegesis.Do you see the hiss of worldview between their words? Scientism, materialism, and anti-Christianity are clearly apparent.  If these biologists want to be ethical scientists, let them face peer review. Let them present their paper to the Evangelical Theological Society or some appropriate venue where scholars who understand these matters can set them straight on their facts before they embarrass themselves in print.(Visited 3,447 times, 2 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_img10 June 2014Teenage South African motor racing prodigy Kelvin van der Linde combined with Germany’s Rene Rast to finish 10th and second in a Prosperia C. Abt Audi R8 in the two one-hour races that made up the fourth round of the ADAC GT Masters at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on Sunday.The pair has now finished on the podium six times in eight races and leads the eight- round championship at the halfway stage by 10 points.They won the second race in round one in Oschersleben, Germany, in April, making Van der Linde the youngest-ever GT Masters race winner.A major achievementThe weekend’s result was a major achievement for Audi, which had not previously managed a podium finish at the Red Bull Ring around a high-speed circuit that favoured the big capacity-engined American Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette.Both races were won by Oliver Gavin of Great Britain (41) and German Daniel Keilwitz (24) in a 5.2-litre V8 Callaway Chevrolet Corvette.Happy“Our top 10 finish in race one after starting from 14th on the grid was like a podium and second place in race two from sixth on the grid was like a win for the team,” said a happy Van der Linde after the races.The reigning European Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup champion and South African Motor Sportsman of the Year was full of praise for his team: “It was a tough weekend and we had a difficult job to do today. We maximised our package at a track that did not suit our car.“Rene is a great team-mate and drove magnificently and, thanks to a team that had a good strategy and did everything right, we proudly stand on the podium.“Being the unofficial ‘halftime champions’, as they say here, is very promising as the circuits that lie ahead are better suited to the Audi.”CompetitionThe series is open to sports cars that comply with the International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) technical regulations and is contested by the Audi R8 LMS Ultra, BMW Z4 GT3, Chevrolet Camaro GT, Chevrolet Corvette Z06.R, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG gullwing, Porsche 911 GT3 R, Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 and McLaren MP4-12C GT3.With four rounds and eight races remaining, the South African/German duo leads the championship with 120 points. Second is Holland’s Jaap van Lagen, in a Porsche 911 GT3 R (he has had three different co-drivers to date) with 110 points, and third are Claudia Hurtgen of Germany and Dominik Baumann of Austria in a BMW Z4 with 94 points.Next roundThe next round of the championship is at the Slovakia Ring in Slovakia on 9 and 10 August.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday claimed that the State’s health insurance scheme was much better than the Pradhan Mantri Ayushman Bharat programme, brushing aside criticism from Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.Odisha has adopted its own health health insurance scheme — the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, named after legendary leader Biju Patnaik — in place of the Central programme which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 23. The BSKY was launched on August 15.Mr. Patnaik’s assertions came a day after Mr. Pradhan had termed as “misleading” the Chief Minister’s claim that one crore cases were registered under the BSKY within 60 days of its launch.“The Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana is a historic step since both the BPL [Below Poverty Line] and APL [Above Poverty Line] people will get health benefits under the scheme. It is way better than Ayushman Bharat,” the Chief Minister said while addressing a function to mark the ruling Biju Janata Dal’s “Padayatra” here. The BJD had launched the “Jansampark Padayatra” on October 2 across the State.After a review of the BSKY, Mr. Patnaik had on Saturday said the scheme had benefitted over one crore people within 60 days of its launch.Misleading, says Minister Mr. Pradhan, the Union Petroleum Minister, had challenged the Chief Minister’s claim on Tuesday. “How come one crore cases were registered under the BSKY within 60 days when the total number of people visiting government hospitals in a year is much less than one crore?” he had said.Odisha’s adoption of a different health insurance scheme has triggered a war of words between the BJD and the BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, which would coincide with the State Assembly polls.Talking about the BSKY, Mr. Patnaik said people irrespective of their economic status will be benefitted under the scheme.Ridiculing the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat programme, he said, “Does any disease see poor or rich before affecting a person? Those not in the BPL category will also get benefits under BSKY.”“The State government is there for those in the BPL as well as in the APL category,” Mr. Patnaik added.last_img read more

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first_imgShiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is steering the party’s election campaign in Punjab, said in an interview that there is no one among the Opposition parties who can be considered prime ministerial material. Mr. Badal, whose party is contesting 10 out of 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab in alliance with the BJP, spoke on how the Congress government in the State has let down the people and why the SAD (Taksali) faction is no threat to the Akali Dal. Excerpts:The Akali Dal recently saw a few senior leaders revolting and floating the SAD (Taksali). Do you think it would impact the party’s prospects in the parliamentary election? I seriously believe and even have reliable information that they [SAD-Taksali leaders] are regretting their decision to leave the party. Now they are being disgraced by petty political figures half their age and with no political base. As far as our prospects are concerned, let me remind you that these [Taksali] leaders lately had not been able to win even their own seats despite being in a major political party. Minus the party base, they are zero. We will only gain from their exit because when these leaders were with us, we had to keep so many energetic leaders away out of respect for the seniority of these leaders. Now, those energetic young leaders are working hard and there is a new spring in the step of the party cadre. What would be the issues on which the SAD-BJP combine will fight the parliamentary polls? There are three main issues. First, the country needs a strong, clear-headed and decisive Prime Minister, and there is no match for Narendra Modi in this regard. The Opposition just cannot get its act together, and frankly there is no one among them, certainly not Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who can be considered prime ministerial material. Secondly, in Punjab, the Congress has set new records in neglect of the State and its people. The people want to punish the State government for its non-performance and they see the Lok Sabha election as an opportunity to express themselves. Thirdly, people have begun to contrast the development and welfare work done by the previous SAD-BJP government with the misrule of the current Congress regime. They want to teach the Congress a lesson. How do you assess the Congress government’s work in Punjab so far? The fact is that the Congress government in the State has betrayed the people. Capt. Amarinder Singh promised on oath during the 2017 Assembly poll campaign that he would waive the debt of all farmers. But after coming to power, he backed out on this promise and the scheme has not benefited even 1% of the farmers. The Congress promised jobs to every household in the State, unemployment allowance of ₹2,500 to the youth, hike in pension amount from ₹500 to ₹2,500, and increase in Shagun scheme amount from ₹5,100 – which we used to give for wedding of daughters of Dalits, to ₹51,000. None of these promises has been fulfilled. In fact, welfare schemes for the poor started by us have been shelved and development activities, which were going on during our tenure, have come to a standstill. The only development that Punjab has seen in the last two years is that Capt. Amarinder has graduated from being totally “inaccessible CM to becoming a totally invisible CM”. What’s your view on the Chief Minister’s security concerns while dealing with Pakistan on the Kartarpur Sahib corridor? Would you give Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu any credit for headway in the project?Every Sikh has been praying for the last 70 years for the Khalsa Panth to get free access to the holy shrines from which the community had been weaned away after the 1947 Partition. And no, there are no security concerns involved in the Kartarpur Sahib corridor. This will be a regulated passage with security agencies registering every devotee. Security threats never come from regulated access. It never comes from the Wagah check post; it will never come from the Kartarpur Sahib corridor. As for Navjot Singh Sidhu, he has himself stopped talking about it now, realising that people have seen through his bluff. Do you think that the Aam Aadmi Party, which bucked the national trend in favour of the BJP and its allies in 2014 in Punjab, will again pose a serious challenge in the parliamentary polls? AAP is no longer relevant in Punjab. It is now reduced to being a B-team of the Congress, like some other parties such as Punjabi Ekta Party, the so-called Taksalis, the Simranjit Mann faction and the Bargari Morcha. They are all adjuncts of the Congress and are there to be used only to promote the Congress cause.last_img read more

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first_imgSalman Khan and AsinSalman Khan has finally agreed to kiss on screen for the first time in his 22-year-old career. The superstar, who has resolutely avoided locking lips to maintain a family image so far, will be seen smooching co-star Asin in Anees Bazmee’s upcoming film, Ready. “It is not yet decided if it will be a long, passionate kiss or a short peck, but director Bazmee has managed to convince Salman that the scene is important to the script. Salman had initially refused to give the shot and it took some talking on Bazmee’s part to convince him,” said a source in the unit of the film.Salman has all along maintained that he is “not too comfortable kissing on screen”. Despite giving several blockbusters such as Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Maine Pyar Kiya and Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya as a romantic hero, he has largely refrained from kissing on screen.Naturally, when Bazmee threw up the idea, the superstar was reluctant. Salman apart, the kissing scene is also bound to arouse interest because of Asin. An established superstar in Tamil cinema, Asin has all along maintained a traditional image as an actress down South, as also in Ghajini and London Dreams, the two Bollywood films she has done so far.Lately however, having struggled in Bollywood after London Dreams flopped, Asin is gunning for a glamorous image makeover. Reports have already suggested that she is willing to don a bikini in Sajid Khan’s Housefull 2. Meanwhile, the first look of Ready was launched recently in Mumbai. Initial snapshots of the film feature Salman sporting fashionable shades and a short cropped hairdo, and striking a few whacky poses, in sync with the film’s slapstick flavour.Ever since shooting started for the film, Ready has been in the news for various reasons. Recently, there were rumours that Salman and Bazmee had a spat during an outdoor shooting in Bangkok after the director returned to Mumbai midway. Bazmee later denied any rift with Salman.advertisementlast_img read more

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